1. War of Currents Unsettled as Distributed Energy, Efficient Loads, and Microgrids Go DC

    War of Currents Unsettled as Distributed Energy, Efficient Loads, and Microgrids Go DC

    Universities, companies, and governments have been lining up for years to demonstrate the potential of DC microgrids, and the next generation of DC microgrid architectures are moving beyond demonstration projects to real world deployment on military bases, homes, industrial facilities.  An influx of DC microgrids and distribution could be inevitable as solar panels, electric vehicles, batteries, LED lights, and DC electronics flood the electric grid, prompting innovators to seek more efficient ways of stringing them all together. In addition to the high cost of inverters and transformers, a significant amount of energy is lost each time DC electricity is generated or consumed on an AC grid.  It is not uncommon for current to switch back and forth multiple times.

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